Recently I came across the following document that mentions a Thomas Broadhurst:
”To all &c. Whereas &c. Now Know yee that I the said Sir William Berkeley Knight Governor &c. give & grant unto John Maddison Three hundred and fifty acres of Land in New Kent County upon the North side of Mattapony & upon the branch of Whorecock Swamp bounding as followeth beginning at Richard Morlyes Corner tree next the Land of Mr. Lockey, & running by the said Lockeyes Line North 160 pole, Thence east with the head line of Morley & Arnoll 320 pole Thence South 160 pole to the Land of Anthony Arnoll & west by his head Line, and the head Line of Morly to the place it began, The said Land being due by transportacon of Seaven persons &c. To have & to hold &c. To bee held &c. Yeilding & paying &c. Provided &c. Dated the 19th of October 1666.
Ellinor Bryant, Tho. Broadhurst, Howell Window, Jno. ffarrall, Tho Orburus, Wm. Berry, Samion Meredeth.” (Virginia Land Patents Original Book 5, page 534. Library of Virginia)
John Maddison was a great great grandfather of President James Madison. Whorecock Swamp, where this land was located, is present-day Garnett's Creek, now in King and Queen County, which was formed from New Kent County in 1691. Garnetts Creek flows into the Mattaponi River about five miles downstream from Walkerton and about 3 miles east of the town of King William.
The reason this is of interest to me is that this locations was 15-20 miles downstream from where Edward Broaddus, my earliest known Broaddus ancestor, owned a farm in the early 1700s. Family tradition says that Edward, who was born about 1670, came from Wales via Gwynn’s Island, Virginia, but this has never been verified. The name Broaddus is a variation of Broadhurst. Edward named one of his first two sons Thomas. In light of these facts, I am interested in finding out whether there is any connection between Edward and the Thomas Broadhurst whom John Maddison brought to Virginia in 1666.
If anyone has any more information about this particular Thomas Broadhurst, I would be very interested in receiving it.
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